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High-flying balloon seen over Topeka now in Indiana

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2020 at 12:04 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The unmanned balloon that had several people looking to the skies on Tuesday has moved out of Kansas and is now in Indiana.

While the balloon is no longer known as a UFO, its point of origin and who launched it are still unknown.

The balloon has a registry of N253TH through the FAA, but public data does not list who it belongs to or what its purpose is.

The balloon has a registry of N253TH through the FAA, but public data does not list who it...
The balloon has a registry of N253TH through the FAA, but public data does not list who it belongs to or what its purpose is.(PlaneFinder.net | WIBW)

The balloon was seen over Topeka around noon Tuesday and at last track at 59,000 feet going about 16 kts.

The National Weather Service is the most well-known agency to use balloons to take atmospheric readings, but they tell 13 NEWS, they didn’t launch the balloon.

Sept. 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It was labeled as a UFO, but after further research, the white speck seen over Topeka was a balloon.

According to flight data, the balloon has a registry of N253TH and was picked up near Blue Rapids, Kansas.

The balloon was seen over Topeka around noon Tuesday and floated over Lawrence at last track at 59,000 feet going about 16 kts.

The balloon was seen over Topeka around noon Tuesday and floated over Lawrence at last track at...
The balloon was seen over Topeka around noon Tuesday and floated over Lawrence at last track at 59,000 feet going about 16 kts.(PlaneFinder.net | WIBW)

13 NEWS reached out to the National Weather Service office in Topeka and they said they have not launched a weather balloon since 6:00a.m. Tuesday.

The video attached was captured by Shawn Wheat who shot the video from our studios at about 12:15p.m. Tuesday.

We have not been able to track down who owns the balloon.

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